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Rose-Ellen Nichols owns the stage in Margaret Atwood's debut opera

Rose-Ellen Nichols owns the stage in Margaret Atwood's debut opera

mai 21, 2014
National

"It would have been an easy thing to do; shrewd, really. When Rose-Ellen Nichols auditioned for the potentially career- and life-changing title role in Margaret Atwood’s opera Pauline – about the Canadian poet and performer Pauline Johnson, who was half-Mohawk – she declined to mention her own Salish heritage.

“They weren’t looking for a First Nations person; they just wanted a person that represented the strength of personality,” Nichols said before a recent rehearsal. “It wasn’t like I was going in saying: ‘Hey, I’m First Nations, hire me.’ I was just: ‘This is me and this is what I sound like. This is what you get when you hire me.’”

They did hire her and what they got, according to the creative team, is an astounding singer with extraordinary force and stage presence..."

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Compositeurs apparentés : Christos Hatzis, Tobin Stokes